HP Unveils New Compaq and Pavillion Notebooks

Today, HP took the wraps off several consumer notebooks that feature the company’s trademark slick aesthetics: the HP Pavilion dv4, HP Pavillion dv5, HP Pavillion dv7, and HP Compaq Presario CQ50z. The “dv” series sports a liquid metal HP Imprint 2 design, a choice of the latest AMD and Intel processors, eSATA connections, “magic chrome” touch controls that appear when your finger moves over them, a choice of Windows Vista operating systems, and built-in ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection (which automatically prevents the hard drive from spinning after it detects sudden movement, helping to prevent data loss). Here’s how the individual models break down, along with starting prices and availability: HP Pavillion dv4t (Intel, $999) and dv4z (AMD, $799); available September

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors/AMD Turion X2 or AMD Athlon X2
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • Intel GMA X4500 or Nvidia GeForce Go graphics/ATI Radeon HD graphics
  • Webcam, 2 headphone mic, optional fingerprint reader
  • 120GB to 320GB HDD
  • 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL, 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL with Lightscribe, or Blu-ray
  • 14.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display with HP BrightView, 14.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display with HP BrightView and Infinity, or 14.1-inch, 1280 x 800 LED
  • 802.11b/g, 802.11b/g with Bluetooth, Intel WiFi Link a/g/n, or Intel WiFi Link a/g/n with Bluetooth
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • 3 USB, eSata, VGA, HDMI, IR, Ethernet
  • 6-cell battery or high-capacity 6-cell battery
  • 5.4 pounds

HP Pavillion dv5t (Intel, $899) and dv5z (AMD, $699); available later this month

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors/AMD Turion X2 or AMD Athlon X2
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • Intel GMA X4500 or Nvidia GeForce Go/ATI Radeon HD
  • webcam, 2 heaphone, mic, optional fingerprint reader
  • 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL, 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL with Lightscribe, or Blu-ray
  • 15.4-inch display w/ BrightView (1280 x 800 or 1680 x 1050), 15.4-inch BrightView w/ Infinity (1280 x 800 or 1680 x 1050)
  • 802.11b/g, 802.11b/g with Bluetooth, Intel WiFi Link a/g/n, or Intel WiFi Link a/g/n with Bluetooth
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • 4 USB, VGA, HDMI, IR, Ethernet
  • 6-cell battery, or high capacity 6-cell
  • 5.4 pounds

HP Pavillion dv7t (Intel, $1,229) and dv7z (AMD, $949); available in July

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  • Nvidia GeForce GS & GT/ATI Radeon HD 3200
  • webcam, 2 headphone, mic, optional fingerprint reader
  • 17-inch display w/ BrightView (1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1050), 17-inch BrightView w/ Infinity (1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1050)
  • Intel WiFi Link a/g/n or WiFi Link a/g/n with Bluetooth
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • ExpressCard/54
  • 4 USB ports, VGA, HDMI, IR, Ethernet
  • 8 -cell battery, optional extra 8-cell battery
  • 5.4 pounds

HP Compaq Presario CQ50 ($499); available June

  • Windows Vista Home Basic w/ SP1, or Windows Vita Home Premium with SP1
  • AMD Athlon or AMD Sempron processors
  • up to 2GB of RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce 8200M G graphics
  • Webcam, headphone, mic
  • up to 20GB HDD
  • 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL, 8X SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW DL with Lightscribe
  • 15.4-inch, BrightView 1280 x 800 display
  • 802.11b/g
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • ExpressCard/54
  • 3 USB ports, VGA
  • 6-cell battery
  • 6.9 pounds
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  1. Mike Cane Says:

    5.4 and 6.9 lbs? In the 21st century?

  2. Sparky Says:

    I bought the DV4 1117 and love it. The chrome track pad takes a little bit of time to get used to and I do prefer one like Toshiba’s but for what I paid and what I get, the HP you can’t beat!

  3. Ankur Says:

    This is a horrible machine. Don’t think of buying it or you make sure that you have a good weeping practice.

    I bought HP 1131 TX for in Nov-08, looking at its trendy looks, decent specifications and moreover thinking this is an HP product (so must be decent enough to go for).

    But the company has been fooling its customer ignoring a major design flaw in the product. The laptop has a mild current leak all over its body as soon as the power cord is plugged in and its gets okay when the power cord is removed and operated in the battery mode.

    I made a complaint to HP regarding the same to which they allotted me a DOA (dead over arrival) letter, and replaced my model with a new one but seems like this is a major manufacturing flaw as the problem persists in the new replaced piece also.

    In fact not only in the body of laptop, you may experience the same current in your other devices like Mobile/PDA if it’s connected through the laptop’s USB port. The current sensation vanishes as soon as the power cord is plugged out and operated in battery mode.

    And to add more it has a poor battery life of 2 hrs…..

    Please be aware that this is a mild current sensation that you might ignore at the time of purchasing, but still would recommend to check it once at the dealer place itself after plugging in the power cord and touching the corners of the screen. Make sure to roll over your hand sensitively at the back side of the screen.

    Still, I would strongly recommend all to explore more models before investing such heavy amount on a non sense machine.. :(

  4. Abhishek Says:

    i bought this laptop two days back.. Guess that was the biggest mistake i made in starting of yr :(

  5. Arijit Sarkar Says:

    I have bought a HP DV4 1131TX laptop from one of the HP dealer in India. My experience with this laptop is extremely bad.

    Please don’t buy any HP laptop ever or else your life will be hell.

  6. Arijit Sarkar Says:

    I have done one of the biggest blunder of my life by buying this laptop from KBM WORLD in Bangalore on 30th December. It’s terrible to say the least.

    PLEASE NEVER EVER BUY ANY HP PRODUCT ANY MORE. HP HAS IT’S SALES TEAM AS WELL AS TECHNICAL TO MAKE YOUR LIFE MISERABLE. :(

  7. Alexa Says:

    I have had my HP dv4 for just over a year now…and right about the time the limited warranty was up the problems began. First, I called tech support (with four days left to spare on my warranty) they diagnosed my issue as needing a new comp. charger they sent one to me free. A month later my battery died altogether I talked to someone at HP and they informed me that batteries are only designed to work for one year (two tops)! And oh by the way a new battery costs $150 (not cheap for a poor college student). To make matters worse my screen now has horizontal lines which make using the computer impossible…btw this is not due to improper handling just normal everyday use. Apparently this is caused by a short in the wiring in any case I vow never to buy any HP Products EVER again and urge anyone reading this to steer clear.

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